By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
As part of her charity project, the Catholic Women’s Organisation (CWO), Awka Diocese on June 4, donated countless palliatives to Awka Prisons, Ekwulobia Prisons, both in Anambra State, as well as to various less privileged homes in the state and very poor members of the organisation.
Speaking on the occasion of the sharing and dispatch of the palliatives at Cana House, Awka, Anambra State, on June 4, the Director, CWO, Awka Diocese, Lady Theresa Chinyere Azodo, LSM, said the palliatives were the support from the organisation to help the beneficiaries cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The director, who decried hunger and difficulties in society due to the effect of the deadly global pandemic, expressed her conviction that the palliatives would go a long way in bettering the lives of the beneficiaries.
Among the palliatives were bags of rice, bags of beans, bags of semolina, bags of garri, tubers of yam, cartons of biscuits, cartons of noodles, cartons of tinned tomatoes, packets of toilet tissue, packets of soft drink, packets of disinfectants, cartons of soap, cartons of detergents, cartons and packets of provisions, packets of toothpaste, packets of body cream, bags of bathroom slippers, bags of popcorn, bottles of ground nut, bottles of fried bread fruit, gallons of vegetable and palm oil and various types of clothing, which included blankets and male and female wear.
On how the CWO was able to realize the many palliatives, Lady Azodo said it was through goodwill donations by members from various parishes. She commended the donors, as well as the deanery organisers and the presidents of the parishes, who, according to her, gave their best to the charity project for their support. She prayed for God’s unending blessings on the donors.
Lady Azodo noted that the soaps and disinfectants were to enable the beneficiaries to wash their hands regularly so as to be protected against the COVID-19.
The beneficiaries of the palliatives, according to the director, were the inmates of Awka Prisons; Ekwulobia Prisons; students of School for the Deaf and Dumb, Umuchu and students of the Physically Challenged schools at Uga, among others.
Adding his voice, the Chief Chaplain, CWO, Awka Diocese, Rev Fr Clifford Aniefuna, appreciated the organisers of the deaneries and the donors for what he described as the humane goodwill which they demonstrated through their support.
The palliatives which were shared accordingly, were distributed through the 23 deaneries of the Old Awka Diocese.